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Worst Casino in Town.

Discussion in 'Off-Strip Hotels' started by bnlphan, Jun 6, 2017.

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  1. vegaskid74

    vegaskid74 High-Roller

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    Well, maybe yes, maybe no. You can stay at the Four Queens downtown for about $25 per night with no resort fee most weeknights of the year (Hotwire or Priceline Express Deals). It's no palace, but compared to Longhorn it is. Longhorn has a $6.77 resort fee on top of the $34, and nowhere in Vegas is the term "resort fee" more laughable. It is much closer to Sam's Town (and drug dealers and inexpensive prostitutes) for sure, so there's that. I am not a snooty person, as I have stayed at more than my share of Motel 6s and as previously mentioned, I'm a big fan of the Four Queens. But I wouldn't be caught dead, or maybe I should say I would only be caught dead, staying at the Longhorn.
     
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    They cant do much to the rooms at Longhorn, maybe some paint and a new bedspread. Samstown is advertising $38 a night, and you can stay at a real resort. Save yourself the walk. Plus the food options are at Longhorn are limited to the Chuckwagon. So you will probably end up wandering around for eats if you stay there.
     
  3. bnlphan

    bnlphan Degenerate In Training

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    Thank you all. I'll keep it in mind. Currently booked at Mardi Gras but far from satisfied with that decision but want to have something to fall back on in case something better doesnt come up. Longhorn reviews on tripadvisor are actually better than Mardi Gras...why I was looking at it in the first place. Trip isnt until March so several including Four Queens not taking reservations yet plus two of my party still in the air on whether or not they will be able to afford it so that has been a hindrance as well. I figure I'll end up changing more than a couple of more times depending on the number of Reward Credits I get through TR and dates for Myvegas in the spring.
     
  4. SavannahPanda

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    Circus Circus is far and away the worst.
     
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    sinkster "It's called a satchel"

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    Aztec was pretty scary even during the day.
     
  6. Tonyfromjersey

    Tonyfromjersey High-Roller

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    That does it. I'm going to the Longhorn next month. I just gotta see it
     
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  7. notfromconcentrate

    notfromconcentrate Connoisseur of dive casinos and obnoxious outfits

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    Same! Will be going on Wednesday. Lots of pics to come in my upcoming TR, so you'll get to see photos before seeing it in person.
     
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    I hope you enjoy the pleasant aroma of stale cigarette smoke.
     
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  9. Tonyfromjersey

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    I look forward to it !!!
     
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    smerrian View from Bally's

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    The Longhorn, The Mardi Gras. These type of casinos' rooms are cheap and usually stayed at during long road trips for a night's stay before continuing back on the highway towards your destination. They're good for that. But when I'm actually on my vacation at my destination? No. I want something a little nicer.
     
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    Wild Wild West was the worst i have ever been in....walked in , looked around, and walked back out in about two minutes...NO THANKS
     
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    Fiesta Rancho by far there was a mix up and booked Rancho in Nlv by accident instead of Henderson it was only one night but it was pretty scary.I hid in my room all night.Next day was back at the Henderson.My rent a car got dented too.Luckily when got back to Hertz it was very busy so they did not notice.It was 5 years ago and got cars from them since so caught a break.
     
  13. notfromconcentrate

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    Just realized I never posted my pics from the Longhorn to this thread...

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    My biggest takeaway from visiting here is that this place had a real "hole in the wall" feel, that was so far from the "Vegas" feel that I actually briefly forgot that I was even in Vegas. As a regular visitor to the city, this wasn't offputting (it was kind of charming, actually). But to a one-time or two-time visitor, I can see why it would feel uncomfortably out of character with the rest of the city.

    I've gotta say though... playing $2 blackjack on good rules is a ton of fun. At $10, and even $5 stakes, I find myself thinking too much to have any fun. But when it's just $2, you can have fun making crazy plays, and even having a losing streak, knowing the consequences of things going wrong is minimal.

    Certainly not the kind of place I'd go at night. But I would definitely go here again, both to people-watch, and to play what I consider to be the best blackjack game in the world.
     
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  14. vegasvette

    vegasvette High-Roller

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    Nice photos from the Longhorn. Notice the center of the chip tray at the BJ table is green chips. That says a lot, now, doesn't it?
     
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    notfromconcentrate Connoisseur of dive casinos and obnoxious outfits

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    Good eye! Yes, indeed, $25 is the highest chip denomination they have out, and that sure does say a lot. According to the dealer, they do have $100 chips in the cage "if you need them".
     
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    spicole No shirt, no shoes... NO DICE!

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    I love this observation! :D It's a nice juxtaposition against, for example, Aria that has $5,000 chips on the craps and blackjack tables on the main floor.

    +1 for the $0.50 pink chips!
     
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    I don't think they even have $5,000 in chips in the entire Longhorn casino! I'd estimate the count of greens in those middle two racks to amount to about $1,400. Double that for the second table ($2,800). Add another thousand for red chips ($3,800). Maybe another 500 in $1 chips ($4,300). Like I said, the pit boss did say they have $100 chips on hand as well. But I'd honestly doubt those have ever seen the light of day. Still well under $5,000.

    Which is an interesting juxtaposition, because at Aria, to get even comparable rules to this (3:2, DAS, surrender, and I don't think they even offer double on any three, or unlimited splits except aces), you'd have to be betting $50, or even $100 minimum per hand. And guess what? In doing so, you'd be playing the same general game of 21, and you'd be getting comped (probably) the same drinks, assuming you're one to enjoy bottled beers or basic single-spirit mixed drinks.

    But as Grid and I discussed essentially to death in this thread... that's the premium that you'll pay to play on the strip... having to wager 25 to 50 times more per hand, for playing on the strip, in a nice place, and to be in line to receive comps for room and food.

    Two completely different leagues of gaming and hospitality, just a few miles and a few $5,000 chips apart!

    Ask me where I'd rather play? You know the answer. Over-tipping CW's, and splitting 10's all the way across the table at the Longhorn. I think I'd have to make some super silly plays to piss away even $200 in an afternoon of gaming there, whereas that would be gone in a matter of seconds in the Aria. Then, of course, shuttle to the strip from Sam's town, and go to Aria for dinner to spend the money I didn't piss away betting $50 per go. Win-win-win!
     
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  18. parallax

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    If you want to play low limits, a place like Longhorn might be more appealing because the low limits and good rules. However, I found places like this can be extremely depressing. I have seen people with more anxiety when losing a $2 bet than someone losing a $100 bet. Places like that would sweat a $25 bet and it can be annoying if you play higher stakes.

    As for people who gamble and stay at the higher end strips, many of us would not view it as a premium. For many players, myself included, betting $50 per hand has no discernible impact on one's bank account. It is the equivalent of betting $5 per hand.
     
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    This is a good point. There is a significant difference between the average $2 player and the average $100 player, and the depressing vibe that the losing anxiety from the former can give off could be a real buzzkill, which would be a negative to playing that $2 table.

    In my TR, I go into greater detail of my play at the Longhorn, and at a couple of points, I was playing two spots, and I even made a $25 bet, which prompted a "checks play" call from the dealer. To be fair, I've had the same happen at Boyd, when I made a $20 bet at a $5 table. In the case of my $25 bet at the Longhorn, that was me really pushing it, though. If you'll make $25 bets regularly (which is to be expected at $15, $10, and even $5 tables) and would prefer not to have such resistance, it would be much better to play elsewhere, both because they won't be calling "checks play" on you all the time, and because you'll stand to get better benefits betting $15/$10/$5 at Boyd/Stations, than you will at Longhorn.

    I would unequivocally classify the ability to treat $50 wagers and $5 wagers as being equivalent as a luxury, though. I congratulate you for being in such a fortunate position. I certainly wish I could say the same thing for myself about the comparison of those wagers. Of course, I'm speaking as an under-employed millennial who was brought up in much less than wealthy circumstances. Between that, and my stats-nerd personality that views gambling as an entertaining exercise in probability math, I couldn't possibly view two $25 chips the same way as I could a $5 chip. My first job at the age of 12 paid $8 per hour, for three hours of work per Sunday (thus, $24 per shift), and my brain is still hardwired to attach a $25-ish sum to three hours of work. No matter how much money I've been fortunate enough to come into since then, I can't escape that mindset where I attach dollar amounts to amounts of time at a relatively low wage. Perhaps one day I'll reach the point where I won't really think about it. But that mindset where playing a $5 game or a $50 game would be the same thing is so far out of my comprehension ability that I'm afraid I can't agree with you from my own perspective. I have no doubt that this is the case for many people to include yourself. But just speaking from my experience... while to you it may be nothing, to others like me, it's substantial.

    Don't take what I said the wrong way... I'm not offended at all or anything :) it's just interesting to see the level of contrast between how two Vegas lovers on the same forum view the same difference in table stakes.
     
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    I understand that people come from different places and have different experiences. I was in graduate school for 5 years in the 1990s and was able to get by on $5000 a year. During my first trip to Vegas, I gambled only about $200 and subsequent trips in the early 2000s my bankroll only went slightly higher. I use to got to the Boardwalk, Barbary Coast, the Frontier to gamble at low limit tables. However, I found the low limit tables to be depressing. As I have gotten older, I have discovered I prefer quantity over quality. I buy less things and wish to invest more in experiences.
     
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